Kaizer Chiefs keep it local after giving SEVEN foreigners the boot!


The Kaizer Chiefs squad for the 2022/23 season will have a distinct South African feel about it after the Soweto giants discarded no fewer than SEVEN foreigners last week.

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The mass exodus of Kaizer Chiefs players from Naturena dominated the headlines in South African soccer circles.

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As extensively reported by The South African website, no fewer than NINE players saw their contracts terminated, while a 10th player was transfer-listed.

Amakhosi also got rid of goalkeeping coach Lee Baxter, who is the son of former coach Stuart Baxter – who himself was axed shortly before the end of last season.

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Those players who will be looking for new employment ahead of the 2022/23 DStv Premiership season are Lazarous Kambole, Daniel Cardoso, Daniel Akpeyi, Lebogang Manyama, Leonardo Castro, Kearyn Baccus, Dumisani Zuma, Bernard Parker and Samir Nurkovic.

Anthony Akumu Agay was placed on the transfer list as he still has a year left on his current deal.

The arrival of Aubrey Mathibe as the new man in charge of training the shot-stoppers at Naturena saw Lee Baxter’s services no longer required.

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Of those 10 total players – as well as Lee Baxter – only four are South African.

The quartet of Mzansi players currently looking for new employers are Daniel Cardoso, Lebogang Manyama, Dumisani Zuma and Bernard Parker.

The other seven are all non-South Africans: Lazarous Kambole (Zambia), Daniel Akpeyi (Nigeria), Leonardo Castro (Colombia), Kearyn Baccus (Australia), Samir Nurkovic (Serbia) and Anthony Akumu Agay (Kenya).

In addition, Lee Baxter is Scottish-Swedish.

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As the time of publishing, Kaizer Chiefs have only confirmed the signings of three players – although, predictably, they have been linked to several others.

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Those players who will be wearing the colours of the Glamour Boys next season are Siyethemba Sithebe (ex-AmaZulu) and former Stellenbosch FC duo Ashley du Preez and Zitha Kwinika.

All three of those players are South African.

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VALUES OF KAIZER CHIEFS PLAYERS DEPARTING NATURENA

Lazarous Kambole €150,000 16.67 R2,500,500
Anthony Agay €225,000 16.67 R3,750,750
Dumisani Zuma €250,000 16.67 R4,167,500
Bernard Parker €275,000 16.67 R4,584,250
Kearyn Baccus €375,000 16.67 R6,251,250
Lebogang Manyama €500,000 16.67 R8,335,000
Samir Nurkovic €575,000 16.67 R9,585,250
Leonardo Castro €600,000 16.67 R10,002,000
Daniel Akpeyi €650,000 16.67 R10,835,500
Daniel Cardoso €800,000 16.67 R13,336,000
R73,348,000
Bernard Parker. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix



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